Marusan toys

One of the many (tin) toy companies from Japan whose products have endured over time is Marusan Co. Ltd. We know them by the mark of SAN in a circle.

The Japanese word “Maru” means 'circle', thus the mark of SAN in a circle. But the word “San” also means three, which refers to the 3 founders of this company in 1947. Circles along with diamonds were popular logo marks for Japanese companies at that time as evidenced by the many marks we see within a circle or diamond.

Marusan carInitially, their business was a wholesale sales business, but they eventually began to design and market their own toys. Some of the items on the 1951 sales list for Marusan included the following:
Friction - Small Mercury car
Windups- Tricycle with celluloid doll, rabbit, motorcycle, penguin, helicopter, tank, windmill, fire engine, drum boy, jet airplane, bird clock and an elephant with monkey and umbrella. A very popular toy was the windup Lucky sewing machine with a celluloid girl behind the machine.

Marusan Smoking Bear:


Updated: 7 May 2019

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Marusan value and price guide

What's your Marusan worth? Here are some recently sold items.

Picture Title Date Price
marusan toys 3719 mechanical elephant tin cloth Marusan Toys 3719 Mechanical Elephant Tin Cloth... 07/2021 $122.50
smoky joe tin bump go toy car marusan battery Smoky Joe Tin Bump Go Toy Car Marusan Battery... 07/2021 $60.00
marusan kosuge tin friction 10 1 4 long 1952 Marusan Kosuge Tin Friction 10 1 4 Long 1952... 07/2021 $148.49
new car 60 chevrolet marusan iy metal toys box New Car 60 Chevrolet Marusan Iy Metal Toys Box... 06/2021 $1 450.00
tin toy marusan battery operated fire boat display Tin Toy Marusan Battery Operated Fire Boat Display... 06/2021 $152.50
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Comments (2)
Michael - February 29, 2020
I have the Greyhound Lines Bus with the black woman sitting in the last seat . Any information would be great.
No idea, sorry. A Marusan Greyhound bus was sold for 272 USD on eBay last month, but not sure if it is the one you have.
Jim - August 17, 2010
I have one of these Smoking Papa Bear and was wondering if it was worth anything?